Indore: While around 170 teaching posts are lying vacant in its teaching departments for past many years, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has announced plans to add nearly 75 more vacancies to meet the student-teacher ratio.
“The student-teacher ratio on UTD campus is not as per norms of University Grants Commission. To meet the ratio we need to appoint more teachers. So far we have notified as many as 171 vacancies. More vacant seats will be added to the tally. Besides, new posts will also be created to match the mismatch of student-teacher ratio,” vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad told Free Press before going on his 33-day leave to USA.
He said that there are some departments like School of Social Science, School of Language and School of Commerce which does not have any faculty. “Our priority will be to get teaching posts created in these department first. As per a rough estimate, nearly 25 seats including 15 for School of Commerce will be created. Besides, we will create new posts in Institute of Engineering and Technology, Institute of Management Studies, School of Data Sciences and Forecasting,” Dhakad said.
Of the total 171 vacant teaching posts at DAVV, 49 posts are of professors, 50 of readers and about 70 of lecturers/assistant professors. The process to fill these vacancies was undertaken in 2009, but after a complaint over irregularities was lodged with Raj Bhawan, process was deferred after appointment of a few teachers.
Ahead of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team’s visit to the DAVV in 2013, vacant posts were advertised and applications were invited. After NAAC awarded Grade ‘A’ accreditation to DAVV, appointment process was put in a cold storage on the excuse of financial problems.
Last year, the DAVV again geared up to fill the vacancies but about eight self-financing departments/institute requested university authorities not to appoint regular teachers on their respective campuses.
Citing financial constraints, departments/institutes had suggested to DAVV to appoint contractual teachers against the vacant posts. But their request was rejected stating that the posts were sanctioned by the State government and its directives are to fill vacancies.
Dhakad said that they can’t avoid appointments of teaching staff anymore if it wants to improve its grading. “The NAAC peer team’s inspection is due in 2019. If we will not fill teaching posts we will get lower grade which will deprive DAVV of many national and international schemes, something which we do not want,” he added.